OAG strike: Know your rights

Union activity at work

PSAC members have the right to promote and build our union in the workplace, and that includes the virtual workspace. Members have the right to be kept informed during non-work time, before or after shifts and during paid and unpaid breaks and lunch periods. 

Members have the right to:  

  • Talk about the union. You can talk to co-workers about the union at work, including through virtual meetings, as you would any other subject — and help keep everyone informed about PSAC’s activities.
  • Share information. You can sign petitions and share information about work-to-rule and strike preparation during non-working time. However, ensure that this is done via personal, non-work email accounts, rather than work email.  
  • Wear the union message. You can wear button, lanyards, stickers, t-shirts and other items that communicate the union’s message. 
  • Use a union virtual background or email signature. You can use a virtual background or email signature expressing support for your union and bargaining team (e.g., on Microsoft Teams/Zoom and Outlook). 
  • Attend rallies. You can participate in in-person rallies or other union actions during your paid breaks as well as before or after work. 

If management interferes with these rights or discourages your from exercising them, alert a local steward or your PSAC regional office right away.